Kirsten Armleder

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Kirsten lives with two dogs, three horses and a throttle-happy husband in Cranbrook, B.C. Her interests include fishing, hiking and, of course, backcountry sledding. Like many in her area, Kirsten grew up riding sleds—first a 340 Yamaha Enticer, then a Yamaha Phazer, a Ski-Doo Summit and the list goes on. Her interest in sledding came to a standstill until she discovered deep powder mountain riding. Now when winter rolls around, she can barely stay in the office long enough to finish writing her stories. When she’s not playing hooky from work, though, Kirsten enjoys interviewing riders from across Western Canada, finding new products to review and pretty much anything to do with the sport.

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Snowmobiling safety

Dave Norona on Backcountry Ascender

Riders around the world are taking advantage of this free online platform for learning backcountry safety.

by Kirsten Armleder
A snowmobiler blasts through fresh powder in Renshaw near McBride, B.C.
Meet the Rider, McBride, BC

“To me, it means the world”

Sledding is more than mere hobby for Cynthia Rougoor of Edmonton, Alberta.

by Kirsten Armleder
Carl Kuster sidehilling in Sicamous, B.C.
SledLife, Sicamous, BC

Carl Kuster lands the front cover of SnoRiders magazine

Photographer Ryen Dunford explains how he got this shot.

by Kirsten Armleder
SledLife

Carving a timeline of snowmobile history

From past to present, SnoRiders takes a look at the inventions that shaped the sport of snowmobiling.

by Kirsten Armleder
Riding hard pack trails with the Timbersled ARO.
Gear

New 2018 Timbersled ARO aimed at putting the bike back in snow biking

Polaris releases the new 2018 Timbersled ARO snow bike kit.

by Kirsten Armleder
New 2018 Polaris Titan.
Gear

Extreme crossover Titans, race-ready Switchback XCRs and new SKS 146 highlight 2018 Polaris lineup

Polaris releases 2018 snowmobile lineup with a focus on extreme crossover Titans.

by Kirsten Armleder
Yamaha's 2018 SnoScoot for youth.
Gear

With Yamaha’s 50th anniversary comes the 2018 SnoScoot, Sidewinder expansion and Apex departure

To celebrate 50 years in the business, Yamaha releases seven limited edition models, a new suspension system for the Apex and a youth snowmobile.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

Arctic Cat ushers in 2018 with a new engine, the Ascender platform, a youth sled and the Norseman

There's something for everyone in Arctic Cat's 2018 snowmobile lineup.

by Kirsten Armleder
Red and black Arctiva Snowmobile Goggles.
Gear

Arctiva Comp 2 Snowmobile Goggles

Arctiva's Comp 2 Snowmobile Goggles feature a dual pane, optically correct, anti-fog lens, and a tri-density foam that molds to your face.

by Kirsten Armleder
sledder riding fields of fresh powder in Valemount backcountry.
Valemount, BC

Valemount giveth white gold

Hard against the Rocky, Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges is the village of Valemount and one of B.C.’s richest mines for white gold.

by Kirsten Armleder
SHOT electric starter system for Ski-Doo.
Gear

SHOT, REV Gen4 expansion and cMotion come into play with Ski-Doo’s new 2018 snowmobile lineup

SHOT, REV Gen4 expansion and cMotion come into play with Ski-Doo’s new 2018 snowmobile lineup

by Kirsten Armleder
Brock Hoyer soars through the air during the Revelstoke snow bike races.
Ride On!

Freestyle, endurocross—what’s next? Snow bike star Brock Hoyer says the sky’s the limit

SnoRiders catches up with Brock Hoyer to talk about winning X Games and the future of the sport.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

Long-term CKX Titan Snowmobile Helmet test

Three months in the CKX Titan Snowmobile Helmet and here's what our gear testers think.

by Kirsten Armleder
Jason Ribi lays down fresh tracks in Sicamous.
Sicamous, BC

The secret’s out and Sicamous reigns supreme

Find out why snowmobilers are flocking by the thousands to the once-sleepy village of Sicamous, B.C.

by Kirsten Armleder
Gear

3 products to make loading and unloading a snowmobile easier

Here are three products from the Canadian-based leader in this department, Bowdriks Industries.

by Kirsten Armleder
Brock Hoyer taking the gold medal at first ever snow bike race at Winter X Games.
XRiders

Western Canadians bring home medals from 2017 Winter X Games

Brock Hoyer, Cody Matechuk and Brett Turcotte are bringing home medals from the 2017 Winter X Games.

by Kirsten Armleder